Harrier Danielle’s a golden girl

Wigan Harriers pentathlete Danielle McGifford
Wigan Harriers pentathlete Danielle McGifford

WIGAN Harriers’ incredible success continued last weekend when Danielle McGifford stormed to glory at the Under-20s national championships.

She claimed gold in the heptathlon at the competition in Bedford.

Leading from the start, she racked up an impressive 5,025 points – setting a new Personal Best in the process.

Her coach, Sharon Wall, said: “It was a hard two days.

“There were plenty of ups and downs, but every time Dani suffered a setback she came back strong in the next event.

“She led from the start to the finish and never dropped off the top spot.”

Multi-eventer McGifford’s tally was just outside the qualifying standard for the European Junior Championships in July.

But she will compete in another heptathlon before then, hoping to make the cut.

And her time in the hurdles at Bedford was just hundredths of a second off the qualifying standard for the Euros – she will try and reach that target this weekend, to increase her chances of making the competition.

The teenage Carmel College student trains at Wigan Harriers five days a week and has enjoyed tremendous success which included earning a Great Britain vest earlier this year.

Walls said: “Danielle has worked so hard during the winter and she fully deserves the success she is having.”

McGifford was the only athlete from Wigan Harriers at the junior national championships last weekend.

But her success comes just days after the Robin Park-based club enjoyed a wave of success at the county championships in Blackpool.